Fabula: Bilingual Storybook Creator/Reader Based on Mozilla
Thursday April 20th, 2000
Mozilla isn't a platform? Mozilla shouldn't be a platform? Just check out Fabula, the bilingual storybook creator/reader built on a Mozilla foundation. Using Mozilla, the Fabula team is creating an easy to use story creation tool that creates an XML-formatted story file which can be played in the Fabula reader (also built on the Mozilla platform). The stories can use pictures, text, and sounds to convey stories to students. Each page has text in two languages, and in the sample story provided, each page also has audio files that accompany the bilingual text. It is still in a very prototype stage, but it's impressive. What's even more impressive is that Fabula has already been used by a group of 8-10 year old students in the Basque country in Southwest France to create a bilingual story called "The Cat that Barked".
From the Fabula website:
"For many bilingual children, the opportunity to see their own stories created and displayed in Fabula software may also represent the first time they have seen the languages of their own communities presented within a high-status computer environment... "
Mozilla is an ideal platform for this kind of work. With Unicode support throughout the app, not only can the program display text accurately, but the entire app can be localized to meet the needs of its users. Mozilla's solid XML, HTML, and CSS support, along with XUL, opens up a new world for application developers.
Fabula is currently being funded by the European Commission through the Educational Multimedia Taskforce.
#3 Give that project a cigar
Thursday April 20th, 2000 9:55 PM
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People seem to be just starting to realize: an entirely new paradigm in software development is rising, the document-oriented paradigm. It subsumes wisdom from both object-oriented programming and markup discipline. And Mozilla is the first to take a real hard stab at it. It's great that worthy projects such as Fabula are taking advantage of it.